Cool Physics Stuff
- One of the coolest demo videos ever. What happens when you add the concept of a Möbius strip to a superconductor train?
- What happens when you drop the tip of a chain of beads from a beaker? Nice explanation, plus who doesn’t love slow motion videos? HT Jennifer Ouellette.
- I looooove LEGO, plus a few people in my department are part of the ATLAS project (one of the two CERN projects that detected the Higgs Boson), so the possibility that LEGO might mass produce the ATLAS model is awesome!
- Want to launch your own pocket spacecraft into space? Check out PhysicsWorld.org’s coverage of the KickStat Kickstarter project. Note: you must be comfortable with the fact that the spacecraft will blow up eventually, and about 50% of the “missions” don’t make it 😦
Vancouver Science Events
- Free public lecture in Vancouver: Mysteries of the Quantum Universe with Dr. Hitoshi Murayama. A graduate student in my department went to his talk in Japan and told me that it is worth going. The lecture will be held at the Science World on Friday, July 12 at 7pm. Make sure you register and get a ticket!
- Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) Pub Night – Vancouver at the Shebeen Whiskey House, July 18, 7-10pm. Hashtag #CSPCpubvan.
Writing about Science
- Bora Zivkovic , Blog Editor at Scientific American, wrote about how you can break into science writing using your blog and social media. This post reminds me that maybe all my years of writing a diary when I was little actually contributed me being in science communication…A great post with very practical tips.
- Writing science stories and/or blog posts takes a lot of time. Check out Colin Schultz’s blog post with tips on how to write good science stories when you have a limited amount of time.
- How to get noticed (as a science journalist/writer) by Rose Eveleth summarizes the tips she got during the 2013 WCSJ conference.
Women in Science
- Gender Inclusive Policies Required for Advancement of Women in Academia by Cate Macinnis-Ng
- The Problem with Awards Exclusively for Women on the AWIS blog
- Addressing (unintended) disrespect in your professional community by Janet D. Stemwedel
Last but not the least…
- Do you love science, or do you hate science? Rose Eveleth put together a site that curates tweets that contain “I love science” and “I hate science.” Definitely read about how this site came about on Rose’s blog. Nicole Gugliucci wrote a short note about her thoughts on Skepchick.
- Sign the petition to ask the government to save the Centre of the Universe (an Astronomy Outreach Centre on the Vancouver Island). There is a chance that nobody will listen, but also a chance that someone might.
- A visual comparison of our assessed risks and the actual risks by graphic designer Susanna Hertrich. I came across this when I followed the hashtag #wcsj2013.
- A discussion on the role of Science Media Centres sparked by the proposal(?) to develop a Science Media Centre in the US, with for and against perspectives. Long but very interesting.